Special Populations

The Oakland Schools Department of Special Populations is dedicated to providing leadership, services and support that strengthens the capacity of Oakland County public school districts and community partners to support the achievement and well-being of all students with special needs.

School districts of Oakland County provide special education services and programs for approximately 21,000 students identified as eligible for special education. 

All programs for students with disabilities in Oakland County are designed and operated by local districts, including center programs.

Services of the Oakland Schools Intermediate School District include, but are not limited to: 

  • consultation and instruction of stude​nts with low incidence disabilities
  • audiological evaluations
  • com​pliance
  • technical assistance
  • access to assistive technology 
  • professional learning opportunities 

Submit a professional learning/building capacity request. 

School districts served by Oakland Schools (OS) can request professional learning (PL) provided at a district site by the OS Special Populations Department.​

The Special Populations Department offers many professional learning events year round, in formats ranging from the traditional face-to-face format to webinars and other online formats.


Karen Olex

Executive Director of Special Populations

Erika Geyman

Executive Assistant I